- Records: MIT (6-5); Suffolk (4-10)
- Scores: MIT 3, Suffolk 0
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Fran O'Brien Field)
- The Lead: Led by six innings of shutout ball from MIT freshman pitcher Casey Bussone (Danvers, Mass.), the Engineers won their second straight game with a 3-0 shutout of visiting Suffolk University on Friday in the team's home opener at Fran O'Brien Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT got on the board in the bottom of the first as senior David Heller (Fair Lawn, N.J.) reached on a liner to left and later scored on a hard single through the right side by sophomore Thomas Allison (Kingwood, Texas) for the 1-0 edge.
- The Rams loaded the bases in the top of the fourth on three singles before Bussone got a called third strike on the outside corner to work out of the jam. MIT added to the lead in the bottom of the fifth as senior Kyler Kocher (Mesa, Ariz.) scored on an RBI groundout by senior Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla.). Kocher reached on a quick single up the middle and scored on a play where Greenwood nearly beat the Suffolk first baseman to the bag.
- Suffolk threatened again in the top of the sixth as Seth Coiley singled up the middle and Will Hopkins singled to right. Coiley advanced another base on an errant through to give the Rams two base runners with one out. In stepped Bussone though as he induced an inning-ending double play from Tim Brigham to preserve the shutout.
- After a 98-pitch outing for Bussone, junior Jack Murphy (Pleasanton, Calif.) came on in relief to start the seventh. After allowing a single up the middle early in the inning, the Engineers converted a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the frame.
- MIT added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth as Greenwood scored in a hit and run situation on an RBI single through the left side by senior Max Lancaster (Attleboro, Mass.). That was the final batter faced by Suffolk starter Mark Fusco as he threw 97 pitches and finished with eight strikeouts.
- In the bottom of the ninth, Murphy set the Rams down in the order as freshman Ethan Rolland (Burke, Va.) made a great play at shortstop to nab Steven Shamnoski at first for the second out.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Allison was 2-for-4 as MIT registered seven hits on the day, while the Rams were led by two hits each from Coiley and Hopkins.
- Bussone improved to 1-1 overall with his first career victory, scattering eight hits with six strikeouts. Murphy earned the save as he threw three innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts.
- For Suffolk, Fusco went 7.2 innings with seven hits allowed, three runs and eight strikeouts.
- MIT is back home on Saturday, March 31st as the Engineers host Springfield College for a NEWMAC doubleheader that is set to begin at Noon.